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What’s New in Charlotte (Fall)

posted by Torie Robinette October 24, 2016

Charlotte is a city on the rise. Tastemakers, trendsetters, thrill seekers and inspiring creatives –
they’re all here. And more are arriving every day.

While our city is ever-evolving, here are a few of the highlights of what’s new and noteworthy in Charlotte.

Gov Porch - Photo by KaBOOM

Gov Porch – Photo by KaBOOM


  • Gov Porch
    Opening Date: Spring 2017
    Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government PlazaConcept: Transforming Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Plaza into a colorful public gathering space; will include a playground (for kids AND adults), a library garden with fountains, plants, rocking chairs and books to borrow; and a child-painted stepping stones and colorful seating.
  • The Rail Trail Symphony
    Opening Date: December 2017
    Location: New Bern LYNX StationConcept: CCCP received a $20,000 grant to implement the Rail Trail Symphony, a patch of grass that will be transformed into an area for self-expression featuring colorful installations and musical instruments.

Smokn' Aces - Photo by Panthers

Smokn’ Aces – Photo by Panthers


  • Bonchon
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept: Parktowne Village: Casual Korean-style fried chicken chain (global—first location was in Korea)
  • Burton’s Grill & Bar
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept: Park Road Shopping Center: Polished, casual American food (compared to BrickTop’s or Rooster’s), plus an excellent cocktail program; national chain.
  • City Barbeque
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept: Ballantyne (11212 Providence Rd. W): Barbecue chain touting meats smoked on-site and sides made-from-scratch.
  • Loft & Cellar
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept:Uptown (305 W. 4th St): Imaginative plates reflecting the international flavors of Executive Chef Nicolas Daniels’ travels.
  • Midwood Smokeshack
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept:Matthews (3335 Siskey Pkwy): Fast-casual sister version of Midwood Smokehouse with a smaller menu.
  • Seaboard TapRoom & Wine Bar
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept: Matthews: 24 taps, which focus on Belgium and the Carolinas, and 1,200 bottles of wine in a 60-year-old-plus building once inhabited by architect Frank Williams; owned by founder of Carolina Beer Temple.
  • Smokn’ Aces
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept: Uptown (Parked outside the Goodyear building with location to vary): Food truck by Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton featuring fish and chicken entrees.
  • The Turnhouse Grille
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept: Montford Park (1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste. 100): “Classic, comfort, cuisine” churning out dishes like a shrimp burger with coleslaw to seasonal house salads and buffalo/barbecue wings.
  • Viva Chicken
    Opening Date: Now open
    Location/Concept: Montford Park (4500 Park Rd.): Fast-casual Peruvian rotisserie chicken.


Lenny Boy Brewing - Photo by Charlotte Business Journal

Lenny Boy Brewing – Photo by Charlotte Business Journal


  • Good Road Ciderworks
    Opening Date: Late October/early November 2016
    Location/Concept: LoSo/Lower South EndConcept: 8,000-square-foot cidery serving drier-than-average ciders made with NC apples and juice from up North. They’ll also offer a wide selection of mead.
  • Lenny Boy Brewing Co. opens new, expanded location
    Opening Date: Now Open
    Location/Concept: South End (3000 St. Tryon St.)Concept: The original location has closed, and a new, sprawling location has opened. Local organic kombucha, gluten free wild ales, gluten-reduced beers, traditional ales & lagers.
  • Red Hills Brewing Co.
    Opening Date: Late October
    Location/Concept: Downtown ConcordConcept: Nanobrewery; the first in Concord’s downtown area.
  • Twenty-Six Acres Brewing
    Opening Date: Fall 2016
    Location/Concept: Concord (7285 W. Winds Blvd. NW)Concept: 26-wooden tap bar in an industrial, modern taproom; TVs for game and event-watching
  • “ …” / “Dot dot dot” (Nameless Speakeasy)
    *The idea of not naming the place is to let people label it as they see fit.
    Opening Date: March 2017
    Location/Concept: Park Road Shopping Center back lot (beneath Flying Biscuit Café)Concept: Speakeasy founded by the owner of Foxcroft Wine Co.; the entrance will be slightly hidden and only accessible form the back lot; Prohibition-era vibe; focus on cocktails and small plates.

Midwood Guitar Studio - Photo by d3Studio

Midwood Guitar Studio – Photo by d3Studio


  • Black Sheep Skate Shop relocation
    Reopening Date: Now open
    Relocation: Plaza Midwood (830 Lamar Ave.)
  • Midwood Guitar Studio
    Opening Date: November 2016
    Location/Concept:1517 Central Avenue, Plaza MidwoodConcept: Custom quality guitars; handmade guitars and basses; includes a full-service guitar repair shop for setups, major repairs and restoration services.

Things to Do

  • Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte has found a new space
    Opening Date: First production anticipated before end of 2016
    Re-location: 2219 Freedom Dr., FreeMoreWest
  • Carowinds adding County Fair attraction
    Opening Date: Spring 2017
    Location/Concept: Carowinds: Carowinds is adding four new thrill rides that have an old-fashioned feel and will be part of a County Fair section of the park. New food offerings will be included.
  • Cliff Hangers Rock Climbing & Fitness Gym
    Opening Date: Members-only opening October 8-9, 2016; public opening October 22, 2016
    Location/Concept: 326 Oates Rd., Mooresville: Indoor/outdoor rock climbing gym.

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